Enforcement

Boating Incident In Gulf Leads to Fatality

Release Date: 04/06/2016

A single boat incident in the Gulf of Mexico south of Cameron Parish led to the death of a 19 year old man this morning, April 6.

Search and rescue crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Vermillion Parish Sheriff’s Office, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Coast Guard were notified of two missing boaters last night, April 5.  Search crews searched throughout the night and into the morning.

The search crews found Shane Marin, 19, of St. Martin Parish, and Derek Romero, 19, of Iberia Parish, around 9:30 a.m. in the water near their partially sunken 18 foot aluminum boat about 10 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico.

On the way back to shore where Acadian Ambulance was standing by, LDWF agents performed CPR on Romero as he didn’t have a pulse.  Agents arrived with the men to the shore at Joseph’s Harbor at the Rockefeller Refuge around 9:50 a.m. and continued to assist Acadian Ambulance and other search and rescue crews with CPR until the Air Medivac arrived on scene around 10:45 a.m.

Romero was air lifted to South Cameron Hospital where he was later pronounced dead around noon.  Marin was taken to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital and is in stable condition.

Both men were found wearing a personal flotation device.  LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.  The cause of death and why the boat sunk is not yet known.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

St. Landry Parish Man Cited For Fishing Violations

Release Date: 03/30/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a St. Landry Parish man for allegedly taking over twice the daily limit of black bass on the afternoon of March 16.

Agents cited Issac Godeaux, 42, of Krotz Springs, for possessing over the limit of black bass.  Agents found Godeaux in possession of 21 black bass on Two’O’Clock Bayou in St. Landry Parish.  The limit on black bass in Louisiana State waters is 10 black bass per person per day.

Possessing over the limit of black bass brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Godeaux may also face a total of $147 in civil restitution for the replacement value of the 11 illegally taken bass.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agent David Boudreaux and Sgt. Lance Devillier.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Nine Subjects Cited for Turkey Hunting Violations During Opening Weekend

Release Date: 03/29/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement agents cited nine people for alleged turkey hunting violations during the opening weekend of the 2016 turkey hunting season.  Turkey season opened on March 26 statewide.

On March 26 agents cited the following for hunting turkeys over a baited area:

Brian C. Whitlow, 31, of Rosedale, cited in West Feliciana Parish;
Bryan R. Mix, 36, of Greenwell Springs, cited in West Feliciana Parish;
Michael T. Campanella, 29, of Prairieville, cited in West Feliciana Parish;
Jared C. Browning, 36, of St. Francisville, cited in West Feliciana Parish;
William J. Anderson, 37, of Clinton, cited in East Feliciana Parish;
Kim Costello, 49, of Chalmette, cited in St. Helena Parish;
Jewel Armstrong Jr., 59, of Gilbert, cited in Jackson Parrish;
Seaborn R. Aycock, 73, of Flora, Miss., cited in Claiborne Parish.

Anderson was also cited for possession of an illegally taken turkey and failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations.  Aycock was also cited for hunting without a non-resident turkey license and failing to possess turkey tags.

Agents also cited Robert Brown, 24, of Eldorado, Ark., on March 26 on the Bodcau Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Bossier Parish for turkey hunting without non-resident basic, big game and turkey licenses and without a WMA hunting permit.

According to the 2016 Turkey Regulations no person shall hunt or take turkeys by the aid of baiting or on or over a baited area.  Hunters are not allowed to place, expose, deposit or scatter corn, wheat or other grain, salt or other feed to lure turkeys to their hunting area.

Also, turkey hunters are required to possess Louisiana basic hunting and big game licenses, Louisiana wild turkey license and turkey tags.

Hunting turkeys over a baited area brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Possession of an illegally taken turkey during an open season carries a $500 to $750 fine and 15 to 30 days in jail.  Failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Not possessing nonresident basic, big game and turkey licenses, turkey tags and WMA permit each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Anderson may also face up to $1,539 in civil restitution charges for the replacement value of the illegally taken turkey.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Louisiana Man Cited for Turkey Hunting Violations

Release Date: 03/28/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents in a joint investigation with Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) officers cited a Louisiana man on March 23 for alleged turkey hunting violations in Washington Parish.

LDWF agents cited Joshua Seal, 24, of Angie, for criminal trespassing, taking a turkey during a closed season and failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations.

Agents were notified by MDWFP officers about Seal illegally hunting turkeys in Mississippi and Louisiana on March 19.  LDWF agents conducted an investigation and discovered that Seal illegally took a turkey in Louisiana on private property that he did not have permission to be on just off of Jerry Moses Rd. near Angie. The turkey season in Louisiana didn’t start until March 26.

Seal then took the Louisiana harvested turkey into Mississippi to make it look like he killed the turkey in Mississippi where the season was ongoing when he was discovered by MDWFP officers.

Taking a turkey during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 day in jail.  Failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Criminal trespassing brings a $100 to $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.  Seal may also face civil restitution totaling $1,539 for the replacement value of the illegally taken turkey.

Louisiana agents involved in the case are Sgt. Darryl Galloway, Sgt. Toby Miller and Senior Agent Lee Davis.  Mississippi officers involved are Master Sgt. Mike Jones and Corporals Jacob Brumfield and Michael Pounds.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Boating Education Lagniappe Day Slated for April 23

Release Date: 03/23/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be hosting the sixth annual "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on April 23 at nine different locations across the state.

During Boating Education Lagniappe Day, LDWF will provide instructors for the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course, NASBLA boating education certification, food and drinks, giveaways and door prizes all free of charge to the public.

LDWF urges the public to register quickly as most places have limited spaces available and registration is on a first come first serve basis.  To register please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/courses and follow the links to register for one of the nine April 23 classes.

Anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 must complete a NASBLA approved boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.

The course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements.  The course also covers many navigation rules and charts, trailering, sailboats, canoeing, personal watercraft and more.  Completion of the course will result in the student being issued a vessel operators certification card.

Below is the list of class locations:

Bossier City
Academy Sports & Outdoors - Bossier City
2801 Beene Blvd.
Sponsor is Academy Sports & Outdoors of Bossier City

West Monroe
Academy Sports & Outdoors
111 Constitution Dr.
Sponsors include the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association (LWAA) and Academy Sports & Outdoors of West Monroe

Alexandria
Academy Sports & Outdoors
3205 South MacArthur Dr.
Sponsor is Academy Sports & Outdoors of Alexandria

Opelousas
St. Landry Lumber
207 North Railroad Ave.
Sponsors include Wal-Mart of Eunice, Raising Canes and LWAA

Deridder
Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office Training Center
412 Bolivar Bishop Dr.
Sponsor is the Beauregard Parish Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited

Raceland
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Office Rifle Range
3451 Hwy. 182
Sponsors include the LWAA and Renovations Marine of Cut Off.

Amite
Tangipahoa Parish Library
204 NE Central Ave.
Sponsor is LWAA

Gonzales
Cabelas of Gonzales
2200 West Cabelas Parkway
Sponsors include Cabelas and Louisiana Waterway Safety

Madisonville
St. Tammany Parish Library Madisonville Branch
1123 Main Street
Sponsors include LWAA

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Father and Son Found Guilty on Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 03/22/2016

A father and son from Pearl River were found guilty in Second Judicial District Court in Claiborne Parish on March 8 for deer hunting violations.

Judge Jimmy C. Teat ordered Cory D.  Baird, 31, to pay a $700 fine plus court costs no later than May 3, 2016 for failing to comply with deer tagging regulations and over the limit of deer.  Cory Baird was also ordered to pay $1,624.61 in civil restitution for an illegally taken deer.

His father, James H. Baird, 50, was ordered to pay a $200 fine plus court costs for failing to comply with deer tagging regulations.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement Senior Agent Bryant Coburn cited the two men on Jan. 2 in the Bucktail Campground of Kisatchie National Forest.

During a compliance check, Coburn found Cory Baird with two antlered deer that he took earlier in the day.  On one of the deer Cory Baird illegally used one of James Baird’s tags with James’ knowledge.  The daily limit on the Kisatchie National Forest is one antlered or antlerless deer per day.

Daniel Bays Jr. was the lead prosecutor for the case.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Agents Rescue 777 People from Flooded Areas Statewide and Investigating Boating Fatality

Release Date: 03/14/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents have currently rescued a total of 777 people, 120 dogs and six cats to date due to the flooding in Louisiana.

On March 13 agents rescued nine people and five dogs including three people and five dogs in Grant Parish, three people in Natchitoches Parish, two people in Allen Parish and one person in Ouachita Parish.

Agents rescued 103 people, 43 dogs and two cats on March 12.  Those totals include 38 people and 11 dogs in Tangipahoa Parish, 21 people and seven dogs in Washington Parish, 18 people and seven dogs in St. Tammany Parish, 11 people and four dogs in Livingston Parish, six people, 11 dogs and two cats in Beauregard Parish, five people in West Carrol Parish, two people and three dogs in Webster Parish and two people in Morehouse Parish.

Agents are also investigating a boating fatality that occurred on March 12 in Natchitoches Parish around 8 p.m.  According to the two survivors, there were three men in their own boat returning to a flooded house to remove furniture near the south end of Black Lake.  On their way back on flooded Hwy. 1226 the boat’s bow rope was in the water and got tangled in the prop, which then stalled the motor.  While the motor was stalled they took on water and Harold Worsham, 78, of the Saline Bayou area, went overboard and never surfaced.  Worsham was not wearing a personal flotation device.  His body was recovered later that night and turned over to the Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office.

LDWF is strongly encouraging evacuees to not return to their homes until the flood waters have fallen and conditions allow due to extremely unsafe conditions that are caused by rising and receding flood waters.

On the morning of March 11 agents rescued 303 people, 31 dogs and two cats.  Those totals include 209 people, 13 dogs and one cat in Tangipahoa Parish, 47 people and 11 dogs in St. Tammany Parish, 18 people, six dogs and one cat in Washington Parish, 12 people in Caddo Parish, six people in Richland Parish, five people in Morehouse Parish, three people in West Carroll Parish, two people in Ouachita Parish and one person and one dog in Livingston Parish.

On March 10 agents rescued 199 people and 21 dogs.  Those totals include 50 people in Ouachita Parish, 46 people and 13 dogs in Caddo Parish, 27 people in Vernon Parish, 19 people in Bossier Parish, 19 people in Richland Parish, 15 people and six dogs in Morehouse Parish, nine people in Bienville Parish, six people in Grant Parish, four people and two dogs in West Carroll Parish, two people in LaSalle Parish and two people in Sabine Parish.

On March 9 agents rescued 72 people including 36 people in Ouachita Parish, 32 people in Webster Parish and four in Morehouse Parish.

Agents also rescued five people on the night of March 8 in Webster Parish.

Agents will remain on alert and be ready for further search and rescue activities until the flood waters recede.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Agents Rescue 579 People from Flooded Waters Statewide

Release Date: 03/11/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents have currently rescued a total of 579 people, 52 dogs and two cats to date due to the flooding in Louisiana.

On the morning of March 11 agents rescued 303 people, 31 dogs and two cats.  Those totals include 209 people, 13 dogs and one cat in Tangipahoa Parish, 47 people and 11 dogs in St. Tammany Parish, 18 people, six dogs and one cat in Washington Parish, 12 people in Caddo Parish, six people in Richland Parish, five people in Morehouse Parish, three people in West Carroll Parish, two people in Ouachita Parish and one person and one dog in Livingston Parish.

On March 10 agents rescued 199 people and 21 dogs.  Those totals include 50 people in Ouachita Parish, 46 people and 13 dogs in Caddo Parish, 27 people in Vernon Parish, 19 people in Bossier Parish, 19 people in Richland Parish, 15 people and six dogs in Morehouse Parish, nine people in Bienville Parish, six people in Grant Parish, four people and two dogs in West Carroll Parish, two people in LaSalle Parish and two people in Sabine Parish.

On March 9 agents rescued 72 people including 36 people in Ouachita Parish, 32 people in Webster Parish and four in Morehouse Parish.

Agents also rescued five people on the night of March 8 in Webster Parish.

LDWF agents assisted the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office on March 9 with evacuations in the Charmingdale Community and Prairie Road Community in South Ouachita Parish.  LDWF agents also assisted the Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office with evacuations for residents of Rayville on March 9.

Agents also assisted West Carroll Parish with transporting nurses to the West Carroll Hospital who were unable to cross high water to reach the West Carroll Hospital facilities on March 9.

Agents will remain on alert and be ready for further search and rescue activities until the flood waters recede.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Agents Continue Search and Rescue Mission in North Louisiana

Release Date: 03/10/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents have rescued 161 people and two dogs to date from flooded areas in northern parishes.

On the morning of March 10, agents have rescued 84 people and two dogs including 44 people in Ouachita Parish, 20 people in Vernon Parish, 10 people in Morehouse Parish, eight people and two dogs in Caddo Parish and two people in Sabine Parish.

On March 9 agents rescued 72 people including 36 people in Ouachita Parish, 32 people in Webster Parish and four in Morehouse Parish.

Agents also rescued five people on the night of March 8 in Webster Parish.

LDWF agents assisted the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office on March 9 with evacuations in the Charmingdale Community and Prairie Road Community in South Ouachita Parish.  LDWF agents also assisted the Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office with evacuations for residents of Rayville on March 9.

Agents also assisted West Carroll Parish with transporting nurses to the West Carroll Hospital who were unable to cross high water to reach the West Carroll Hospital facilities on March 9.

Agents will remain on alert and be ready for further search and rescue activities until the flood waters recede.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Agents Conducting Search and Rescue Missions in Northern Louisiana

Release Date: 03/09/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents have rescued 37 people to date from flooded areas in Webster Parish.

On March 8 around 10:30 p.m. two LDWF agents rescued five people in Doyline and brought them to the Doyline Fire Station.

On the morning of March 9 LDWF agents rescued seven more people in Doyline.  Agents also rescued two people in Minden, six people in Sibley, 12 people in Heflen and three people off of Penal Farm Road just northeast of Sibley.

On March 9 in the early afternoon hours LDWF agents with assistance from the LDWF Fisheries Division rescued two people off of Interstate 20 at the Webster Parish and Bienville Parish line.

LDWF agents assisted the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office with evacuations in the Charmingdale Community and Prairie Road Community in South Ouachita Parish.  LDWF agents also assisted the Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office with evacuations for residents of Rayville.

Agents also assisted West Carroll Parish with transporting nurses to the West Carroll Hospital who were unable to cross high water to reach the West Carroll Hospital facilities.

Agents will remain on alert and be ready for further search and rescue activities until the flood waters recede.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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